Training guides

Are you new to the sport and don’t know where to get started? Have you been running for a while and are ready to start breaking your personal best? Below are links to our favorite training programs.

Hal Higdon has contributed to Runner’s World for longer than any other writer, an article by Hal having appeared in that publication’s second issue in 1966. Author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. He ran eight times in the Olympic Trials and won four world masters championships. One of the founders of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). He serves as a training consultant for numerous races, including the Niagara Falls Marathon, the Thunder Road Marathon and the California International Marathon and answers questions online for TrainingPeaks, also providing interactive training programs.

Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training – the FIRST program. FIRST has developed training programs for the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon. The FIRST training programs are based on results from FIRST training research studies that showed runners are able to run successful road races by incorporating three quality runs a week into their overall training program. Pacing is a crucial component to the FIRST training program.

Pace charts

Cool Running Pace Calculator

Local training and events

Rhody Run 12K,  Port Townsend, Third Sunday in May.

The OAT Run Half Marathon and 12K Trail Runs on the Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route. Mid-April.

The Goat Run Marathon and Half Marathon Trail Runs on the Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route. Mid-September.

Visit the North Olympic Running Facebook page to connect with area runners.